Special Landscape Area proposed for Bennachie

Aberdeenshire Council is proposing ten Special Landscape Areas, one of which would include the landscape around one of Aberdeenshire’s most iconic mountains – Bennachie.

The aim of the Special landscape area is to conserve the landscape of these areas and, where possible, to enhance them. Details of the proposed Aberdeenshire Special Landscape areas is included in a newly published document.

Include Bruce's Camp in Bennachie Special Landscape Area

The Bennachie case is presented on page 20 of the document, with maps on page 61 and 62.

Save Bennachie – the campaign group set up to defend Bennachie from the treat of one of the routes proposed for the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness dualling – is encouraging people to support the proposal of the Special Landscape Area as a way to protecting the iconic hill from the possible route.

For people in Kintore there may be some disappointment that the proposed Bennachie Special Landscape Area excludes Bruce’s Camp (the hill above the Thainstone House Hotel) and the ridge running south to Clovenstone and Tom’s Forest.

Bruce’s Camp and this ridge provide the foreground for the Mither Tap on Bennachie when viewed from the east – notably for visitors arriving in the area on the A96.

Including these areas in the Bennachie Special Landscape Area might help to safeguard the view of Bennachie:

  • from proposals to allow housing on the fields of the eastern slope to just below the summit of Bruce’s Camp
  • from proposals to extend the business park up to just below the ridge line above the Thainstone Centre.

You can respond to the proposed Aberdeenshire Special Landscape Area consultation by downloading this form. Or you can email ldp@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

You may wish to simply state your support for the proposed Bennachie Special Landscape Area. Or you may wish to urge the council to add in Bruce’s Camp and the ridge south to Tom’s Forest.

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